FBI convicts two in Evanston, Morton Grove drug pipeline from Mexico – Chicago Tribune

A federal judge has sentenced a Skokie man and a Morton Grove man for their involvement in a drug pipeline from Mexico to Evanston, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Sheldon Morales, 42, of Morton Grove, and Eduardo Santana, 47, of Skokie, were convicted of a drug conspiracy charge for their roles in trafficking methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine from Mexico to Evanston and Morton Grove in 2019, according to a news release . The two were sentenced to a combined 36 years in prison.

Morales was also convicted of a drug charge related to his attempted possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl. U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland sentenced Morales to 19 years and seven months in prison. Santana was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Morales and Santana conspired with two Texas inmates to send drugs in packages from California and Arizona, which were later sold on the streets in the Chicago area, the news release said.

As part of the investigation, two other suspects were also sentenced to prison. Darius Morales, 34, of Evanston, was sentenced in 2022 to nearly eight years in prison for illegally possessing a semi-automatic handgun in Evanston. Demetrius Shavers, 42, of Chicago, was sentenced in 2021 to more than six and a half years in prison for trafficking heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in the Chicago area.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, police tapped cellphones, seized packages and conducted extensive surveillance to uncover the drug pipeline. The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation.